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Alcohol Withdrawal

Alcohol Withdrawal

Alcohol Withdrawal – Withdrawing from alcohol is no easy matter, but it is something that must be achieved if a person suffering from alcohol dependence is to beat an addiction that is piling pressures and problems upon them.

The reason alcohol withdrawal symptoms occur:

Drinking excess alcohol causes a person’s body and mind to become dependent upon it. This means that your body and your mind are expecting regular hits of alcohol. If denied, they will both react and give the person concerned notice of this through unwanted and uncomfortable feelings and thoughts known as withdrawal symptoms.

Why do withdrawal symptoms vary?

There are a variety of reasons that some individuals will suffer far more than others when withdrawing from alcohol. Here are 5 that are common:

  • Health: The state of a person’s mental and physical health will affect the severity of symptoms
  • Amount being consumed: The severity of effects will depend on the amount of alcohol a person is drinking at the time they decide to withdraw
  • Length of time: This refers to the amount of time a person has been dependent upon alcohol.
  • Other addictions involved: Some alcoholics also suffer from other addictions. Those who do are termed as having co-occurring disorders. It stands to reason that the more addictions a person has to deal with the greater the challenges and severity of withdrawal.
  • Age and gender: A person’s age and their gender can have an effect on the severity of alcohol withdrawal symptoms

How long do symptoms last?

Again, this is dependent upon a variety of factors but as a general guideline the following can be expected:

  • Beginning: Withdrawal symptoms kick-in quickly. They will generally start around 8 hours after the last drink. Having said this, a small minority of people will find they do not kick in for several days. As withdrawal progresses, the severity of these withdrawal symptoms will increase until they:
  • Peak: Symptoms normally peak between 24 and 72 hours, but again a minority may suffer for several weeks
  • End: After the peak, the alcohol withdrawal symptoms will gradually diminish until withdrawal is complete.

Withdrawal is only the beginning of recovery!

It would be unwise for anyone to think that getting through alcohol withdrawal is the end of treatment. It is quite the opposite. Withdrawal is the REAL beginning. While coming through should be applauded it is recommended that a person goes directly from withdrawal to an inpatient rehab establishment.

These facilities are purpose designed to help treat those with every type of addiction and alcoholism is right up there with the most common.

Treatment and counselling will be fully focused and will be dealt with on an individual basis. Each client will receive their own tailored plan for recovery that will be drawn up after in-depth initial discussions with their chosen counsellor.

Sobriety can be achieved:

Those who are suffering from a dependence upon alcohol must not hide the fact. Yes, withdrawal will be a short period of hurt both mentally and physically, but this is little compared to the long-term hurt and damage you are creating by continuing to drink yourself into an early grave.

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